12 total reviews
This resort is beautiful and our dream wedding was so perfectly memorable because of the amazing staff and beautiful scenery. Everyone from the wedding coordinators to the bellmen were amazing! The rooms and suites are beautiful and the food is the best in New England.
The Equinox provides a wedding (event) planner when you have a wedding there. Lauren was wonderful to work with, and does an incredible job managing the stress. Our entire wedding would not have been possible without her. She coordinates every detail smoothly, and makes the entire process more fun.
Lauren (coordinator) adn Shelly (pastry chef) at the Equinox were incredible, and made the process easy and our wedding day so special and worry-free. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the staff, the beauty of the venue, the smoothness of each transition throughout the day, or the food and desserts!!! Their extra touches made us feel very cared for and added something more to what is already a fantastic, all-inclusive site.
I hesitated for months to write this because I had such a mixed experience with the Equinox. But I think it's important that couples know what to expect. With foreknowledge, my experience with the Equinox MIGHT have been more positive! I will also say, that my daughter doesn't share my opinions about the Equinox, fortunately for her, it was the perfect day!
My biggest complaint with the Equinox is the multiple discrepancies between a quoted price from one of their employees compared to what I was billed for and/or was part of the final estimate. I would warn anyone thinking of using them not to stop looking at other locations until you finally receive your formal quote. In our situation, my daughter and her fiance let the other options go after receiving a verbal confirmation that they would fit within their TOTAL budget. The final quote was a couple of thousand over the amount they gave them AND it did not include numerous aspects such as flowers, cake, decor, etc., but by then it was too late to start over with a new location. For myself, when I checked out of the hotel they offered to just email me my receipt, but fortunately I had them print it off and found 3 more discrepancies. They were quick to correct them, but they shouldn't have been on there at all.
My second criticism is regarding the quality of food and lodging. The rooms in the main building have not retained their historical charm so I would expect them to be luxurious by today's standards. They are not. First and foremost, there were no closets in our room, only a small wardrobe. So the only place to hang the wedding dress where it wouldn't wrinkle was on the crown molding. Secondly, over the years when they've repainted they haven't bothered to sand or remove the old loose paint so the doors and trim look like what you'd expect in a seedy motel. The mildew in the shower just adds to the overall dinginess. That's not character - that's tacky.
Then there's the food! I was not impressed by ANY of the food during our weekend stay. We ate in the Chop House for dinner one night, the Colonnade for breakfast and then of course, the catered meal for the wedding. Nothing stood out and some dishes were very disappointing. Oh, and don't bother to ask for a French 75, apparently none of their bartenders knows how to make one properly! I also had a meat & cheese tray sent up along with a pitcher of orange juice and $47 bottle of champagne for a light snack while we were getting ready so I didn't have bridesmaids passing out during the wedding. The selection was good and the additional fruit tray was a nice surprise, but the $375 bill, was not! My fault. I should have confirmed the total price with the concierge before signing off on it, but it was a bit hectic at that time. Also, if you choose to use their apple cider donuts for favors, make sure they are made fresh that day. They go stale very fast!
The one thing I will say in their favor is with the exception of the poor service in the Chop House, the rest of the staff bent over backwards to take care of us. If anything, at times they were a bit too enthusiastic, but their eagerness to please and their over all kindness mitigated some of my ire at paying so much for what seems to me to be anything but luxurious.
Vermont is a beautiful and romantic location for a wedding, even in the winter. I'm willing to bet, however, that there are other locations that offer more for less.
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I had my wedding at the Pond Pavilion at the Equinox Resort. Great Fall venue, beautiful grounds! The food was great, and the catering staff was awesome! The service at the reception was amazing! We loved the bread pudding!
Overall, our experience at the Equinox was very good. The decor and accommodations were gorgeous, the food was fantastic, and they took good care of a lot of the details. However, there were a few drawbacks. First, it was quite expensive. We had our wedding during the offseason, so the rates weren't as bad as they could have been, but it was still quite high. Second, they switched wedding planners about half way through planning my wedding and the second one (Lauren) left a lot to be desired. She gave the impression of being on top of everything, but forgot a lot of details in the end. Maybe she'll get better once she has more experience, but if I were doing it all over again I would have hired a day-of wedding planner to pick up some of her slack.
overall an amazing and stunning location for the wedding. needed to stay on top of wedding coordinator which was stressful but the hotel is top notch and the food was quite good. Service from the staff working the event was wonderful.
The Pond Pavilion at the Equinox provided the most magnificent backdrop to our wedding day. The Falcon Bar with the live music and huge firepit were wonderful venues following the Rehearsal Dinner and actual wedding! We could not have asked for a better location. If you like the outdoors, but also want to feel pampered, this is the spot for you.
We got married down on the pond at the Equinox. The setting could not have been any more perfect! Our guests raved about how beautiful it was and the service was worth every dime of gratuity. The Pavilion is perfect for small, intimate weddings like mine, and you can't beat the backdrop! Additionally, the wedding coordinator was beyond helpful, everything ran smoothly and I greatly appreciated being stress free knowing she was taking care of everything.
While the reception went very smoothly (minus their forgetting to provide the complimentary champagne toast), the hotel front desk staff leave much to be desired! They we unhelpful, rude, and miscommunicated important information to our guests. We spent the afternoon of our rehearsal scrambling to fix their misdoings!
I can't say enough wonderful things about the Ponds Pavillion at the Equinox Resort and Spa! I would highly recommend this venue for the most beautiful scenery and rustic location! Staff is wonderful and food was the best wedding food any of our guests ever had! :)
I got married at the Pond Pavilion the site was beautiful. Even thought it was a 90 degree day in May something I was totally unprepared for. The site was perfect. The staff was nothing but helpful. The second the ceremony was over I had a bottle of water in my hand something I needed but would never have thought of. Our day was perfect from start to finish thanks to the wonderful staff at the Equinox. My family and wedding party rented our the entire 1811 house they have. It was perfect had it's own kitchen, bar and a beautiful backyard. If you are looking for the perfect weeding venue I highly recommend the Equinox.
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The Equinox, A Wedding Destination for All Seasons
Steeped in history and nestled among the Green and Taconic Mountains on 1,300 acres, The Equinox represents an iconic New England village. Spectacular views, world-class service, luxury accommodations, and an array of year-round activities, make The Equinox a wedding destination for all seasons.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liability Insurance, Liquor License, On the Water, Onsite Catering, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Site Fee, Tented Area, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 200
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Hotel/Resort